It was exactly a year ago yesterday that Filipe Luis joined the Atleti exodus to Chelsea, sealing a €20 million move to the Premier League club.
In that short time, Atlético have experimented with a number of different replacements to fill the void left by one of the greatest left-backs in world football over the 2013/14 season.
Guilherme Siqueira was signed on a permanent basis to fill the left-back slot, but he struggled to make the position his own, and was in and out of the side.
Veteran full-back Jesus Gamez did his best, despite preferring to play at right-back.
Cristian Ansaldi was brought in on loan from Zenit, but failed to appear for the club after he was arrested in November.
With Filipe struggling to get games at Stamford Bridge, rumours surfaced of Atleti’s desire to bring the Brazilian back.
Enrique Cerezo said yesterday, on the anniversary of the left-back leaving, that he expected a deal to be done to bring Filipe Luis back to the Vicente Calderón.
“Filipe is a great player,” the Atlético president told COPE. “I believe his situation will be resolved soon.”
Chelsea and Atlético were said to be unable to reach an agreement on a fee two weeks ago, with Chelsea holding out to get the majority of their money back on a player that only played 15 times in the league last season.
It looks like, with time moving on, Mourinho has decided Filipe is not a part of his plans, and discussions moved forward to let the Brazilian go.
“Filipe decided to leave and now he has the chance to return,” midfield star Koke told Marca.
“If he arrives, there will be more competition, and that’s good. We’ll be a better team and fight for more things.”
“Filipe is no traitor. As long as he plays and plays well there won’t be any problem.”
We’ve talked about this time and time again – but now it looks like this is becoming a reality. Do you bear any ill-will towards Filipe?